Probing dynamical phase transitions with the statistics of excitations (Prof. A. Silva)

  • TUM-MPQ Seminar
  • Datum: 27.04.2016
  • Uhrzeit: 11:30 - 13:00
  • Vortragende(r): Prof. Dr. Alessandro Silva, Statistical Physics Group, SISSA, Trieste
  • Raum: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall
  • Gastgeber: MPQ, Theory Division
Dynamical phase transitions can occur in isolated quantum systems that are brought out of equilibrium by either a sudden or a gradual change of their parameters.

Theoretical examples rage from the behaviour of the O(N) model in the large N limit as well as spin-model with long range interactions, both showing dynamical criticality in their prethermal steady-states. In this talk I will start by discussing the characterization of such dynamical phase transitions based on the statistics of produced excitations. I will focus both on the role of fluctuations as well as on the difference between sudden and gradual changes of the parameters. Finally, I will discuss a second type type of dynamical criticality discussed in the literature, related to the emergence of zeroes in the Loschmidt amplitude, and show that this phenomenon is much less generic and robust than standard dynamical criticality.

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